By Sharon, for The Bride's Avenue
Do you really need a wedding coordinator? This is one question which lots of brides grapple with. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, it’s easy to think that a DIY wedding will save you significant cost. And it might, but sadly this isn’t always the case. So before you order your wholesale flowers and whip out the sewing machine, here are some things you should consider.
Your skill set
When planning a DIY wedding, it’s really important to be totally honest about your skill set. What exactly can you do? If you’ve never crafted before (and don’t have the flair or inclination for it), deciding to make your centrepieces or table runners might not be a great decision. However, if you are already a pro with flower arrangements, then you could do your flowers yourself. Basically, you need to evaluate how skilled you are in doing all that needs to be done for your wedding. If cooking or makeup is not your forte, then you should probably get someone more qualified to do that for you.
How much time do you have?
Even if you do have the skills, you might not have the time. It is important to consider how much time you have. A DIY wedding will take lots of time. If you are great at sewing, cooking, flower arrangements and the countless little things you need to do in order to plan your wedding, then you need to think about your time. If you have six months to plan your wedding, then go ahead and do as much DIY as you’re comfortable with. But if you need to plan your wedding in a short time, then it is highly recommended that you get some help to avoid the stress.
The cost of supplies
Supplies are often more expensive that we realize, unless you are buying wholesale and in bulk. The problem with that though, is that you are only planning for one wedding, at least that’s the idea right? So what will you do with all that extra stuff? Wedding coordinators often plan several weddings in a year and need to order supplies in bulk, so it is cheaper for them and also for you in the long run. Before you choose to go the DIY route, be sure you have a way of getting affordable supplies.
Do you have willing extra hands?
This is one problem that is often overlooked. After making your wedding bouquet, your table cards and everything else, how do you get it to the wedding venue and ensure that everything is where it should be? You can only be in one place at a time. If you have extra pairs of willing hands to help you arrange stuff and ferry things around, then this won’t be an issue. If you don’t have that though, it is going to be a huge problem for you.
Getting everything coordinated
Finally, you need someone who will coordinate everything and ensure that it all runs smoothly. That person can’t be you because well, you will be busy saying your vows. If you are a perfectionist (which you probably are), you know that you can’t trust just anyone to make sure things go off perfectly. If you leave this in the hands of the wrong person, it could be a monumental disaster.
Planning your wedding could be fun, but it also has the potential to drain you of energy and could end up being costlier than hiring a wedding planner/stylist. With a professional coordinator, you do not have to give up control completely if you don’t want to. You could work together to make sure your event comes together perfectly so you can have the wedding of your dreams. Check out our favourite local wedding planners and stylists, here. We promise, they're super fun to work with, know their stuff, have an amazing sense of style, and will make sure your wedding is completely hassle-free. That sounds like a winning combination to us!